Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Loft bed

My oldest son just turned 13. Eep! He's becoming quite opinionated in what he likes and wants and he sort of jumped on the loft bed bandwagon and wouldn't quit talking about it.

My father in law had built a loft bed for his oldest son back in the early 80's and had it sitting in pieces in his garage for nearly two decades. He offered it up to us. I didn't know what it looked like put together, but I was hoping for the best. Check out the sweet Formica desk top and florescent light.

I set to work painting it a dark blue/black color that my son picked out. There is nothing wrong with oak wood, but in my opinion it's easy to date an object to the 80's with oak, so I wanted to give it a little update with paint. Sophie helped.

I used Krylon plastic spray paint as a primer on top of the Formica before I painted the blue on top. It went on great!

The bed slowly started to go together. Check out the outlets built into the bed post. Now that was thinking!

How many people have auto cad drawings of their furniture? Not many. But if your father in law is an engineer you do!

Here it is all together. See the space underneath for the dresser? My father in law actually made a dresser to fit in the area, but in his kindness had given it away to someone who needed it. I have plans of painting Aidan's current dresser so that it will be more seamless underneath the loft.

Now that Aidan has a loft, he made room for his drum kit. To answer your question, yes, drums are super loud!

As you can see, my guy is quite the musician. He also plays guitar. With them mounted on the wall it provides easy access to play whenever the mood strikes.

The desk underneath the loft has been a great place for this new 8th grader to do his work. My husband put an under cabinet light underneath and it looks much more updated than the florescent one.

Stay tuned. One paint project turned into another. Hopefully I will get to the dresser and bookcase before next June!


As I spent hours upon hours painting this bed, I realized what a labor of love this bed was to make. Such a cool thing for my son to get to have something his grandfather built with his bare hands. Thanks Grandpa!

16 comments:

Cerise said...

That looks really fantastic!! I LOVE it! The idea of putting outlets into the actual piece is genius!

Marilyn said...

This looks really awesome.. I love it.. What a bright idea : ))

Jamie said...

whoa mama jo!!! now THAT is a drum kit! bless your ears :)

Katie said...

That's amazing that your FIL built that!! This is such a cool space! Love the dark blue/black you painted it!!

Our Delightful Home said...

Amazing job! I love the outlets

~Mrs. Delightful
ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

WOW Rachel! This is amazing! Looks straight out of PB or Ballard!

Tanya said...

That's a great loft bed! And the colour your son picked is really nice.

Jenn said...

My mom has a bed set just like this. I should tell her to paint it like yours! It looks so good.

Robin said...

I love the loft bed! What a great idea for saving space...would be perfect in my son's very small bedroom. Thanks for sharing! :0)

Meg said...

That's amazing that he wanted a loft bed and hey--Grandpa happens to have one. :) What a gift! It looks amazing all put together and I'm impressed by your son's musical abilities!

Lindsay said...

This is really awesome!! Great job it looks like a PB bed for boys. Love it.
Lindsay
www.countrygirlhome.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

awesome:):) i love your blog!!
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Jennifer said...

Ok I really love this. A. Grandpa made it, B. it's so cool still!, and C. Aidan is a rock star with both drums and guitars! :)
Thanks again for partying with us at Show & Share!

Jennifer said...

And I'm making this a feature in this week's Show & Share!! :)

camoren said...

natural loft bed for children are simply not the same used to it. Gone are the days of sidewalks means stacking two or three natural family to be used in bedrooms to allow for more space.

Barbara Hurtgen said...

Love this idea! Can you tell me what's the head clearance sitting at the desk? My son will prob'ly be tall as a teen since he's already tall at 8! Love the dresser too. My son has a beautiful dresser that we can incorporate!